Advanced Modern Asia

School: School of Government and Society
Department: Department of Political Science and International Studies

Final year module

Lecturer: Dr Julie Gilson / Dr Tsering Topgyal

This module is designed to enable you to gain an advanced understanding of key actors and themes in East Asia. It is broadly divided into the two areas of Development and Insecurity. Development refers both to the economic progress of key states, as well as to general issues pertaining to good governance.

Topics related to these will be illustrated through the study of specific countries. Insecurity relates not only to traditional concerns over high security issues, such as nuclear weapons, but also to critical security issues such as post-conflict reconstruction.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the principal state actors and issues affecting the international politics of East Asia.
  • Assess the key changing roles of the principal actors in shaping the political economy of the region in key areas of investigation.
  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to utilise primary, secondary and web-based sources in order to assess developments in East Asia


  • Term One: 1 x 2,000 word assessed work (30%)
  • Term Three: 1 x 1000 word reflection paper (20%); Documentary (50%)

Related courses:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.